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Monday April 3rd, 2023 day edition

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Under current Missouri law, there is no prohibition on doctors or medical school students performing pelvic, prostate or anal exams on unconscious patients without consent.

A pair of bills that have received unanimous support in both the House and Senate seek to change that.

On Thursday, The Senate voted 33-0 in support of legislation sponsored by Democratic state Sen. Lauren Arthur that would prohibit health care providers from performing these exams on patients under anesthesia without first receiving explicit, informed consent.

A similar bill, sponsored by Republican Rep. Hannah Kelly, cleared the Missouri House last week 157-0.

“I’ve heard from Missourians who’ve learned only after the fact that they’ve been subjected to these exams,” Arthur said.

These sorts of exams on anesthetized patients are legal in 29 states and are thought to be helpful for medical students.

“The intent of this bill,” Kelly said, “is to protect patients’ rights when they are under anesthesia or in a state of unconsciousness. »

New York Times says it won't pay for Twitter verified check mark

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April 2 (Reuters) - The New York Times (NYT.N) will not pay a monthly fee to get verified check mark status on Twitter, a spokesperson for the newspaper said hours after it lost the verified badge on the social media platform.

According to new Twitter policy, verified check marks are now offered only through a paid subscription.

Axios previously reported that The White House will not pay to have its staff's official Twitter profiles continue to be verified. »

Sanna Marin suffers defeat in Finland election as SDP beaten into third place

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Finland’s prime minister, Sanna Marin, has lost her battle to stay in power after her centre-left Social Democratic party (SDP) was narrowly beaten into third place in a cliffhanger election by its conservative and far-right rivals.

Marin congratulated the election winners during her concession speech, but hailed an improvement in both her party’s vote share and its projected number of MPs.

“Democracy has spoken, the Finnish people have cast their vote, and the celebration of democracy is always a wonderful thing,” she added. »

Justice Dept. said to have more evidence of possible Trump obstruction at Mar-a-Lago

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Justice Department and FBI investigators have amassed fresh evidence pointing to possible obstruction by former president Donald Trump in the investigation into top-secret documents found at his Mar-a-Lago home, according to people familiar with the matter.

The Post’s Perry Stein and Devlin Barrett explain the Justice Department’s probe into former president Donald Trump holding classified documents at Mar-a-Lago.

Trump spokesman Steven Cheung said in a written statement: “The witch-hunts against President Trump have no basis in facts or law. »